Toothbrush 101: Cleaning, Storage and Replacement

by on November 20, 2017
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Toothbrush 101: Cleaning, Storage and ReplacementIn more recent years there has been several scientific studies and the effects of bacteria and microorganisms on toothbrushes. It is no surprise that there are indeed bacteria and microorganisms found on our toothbrushes.

Before you worry, what you need to know is as long as you are cleaning, storing, and replacing your toothbrush correctly, these bacteria and microorganisms rarely make us ill. This is because most of them originated in our mouths and our bodies already have an immunity to them.

However, there are other types of bacteria and microorganisms that can get onto the toothbrush through improper cleaning and storage. This is why you need to review the following tips to ensure you are taking care of your toothbrush properly.

Tip #1: Store the Toothbrush in an Upright Position

Water needs to be able to drain away from the bristles so they can fully dry. The best way to do this is place the toothbrush head-side up in a holder or cup. It is best to only store one toothbrush in each cup or holder to avoid the heads from different brushes coming into contact. When the heads come into contact with each other, it can transfer bacteria and microorganisms from one brush to another.

Tip #2: Limit the Usage of Toothbrush Covers

Toothbrush covers will not let the brush dry after usage. This moist environment is a breeding ground for other types of bacteria and microorganisms. In addition, this can promote the growth of mildew and mold on the toothbrush. If you must use a cover for travel reasons, make sure to take it off as soon as possible. Rinse the brush in water and then place in an upright position to fully dry.

Tip #3: Never Share Toothbrushes

Everyone has their own types of bacteria and microorganisms in their mouths. Sometimes they can be similar and other times different. In addition, some people are more resistant to illnesses and diseases, while others could get sick just by sharing their toothbrush with other people.

Tip #4: Rinse the Toothbrush Before and After Brushing

It is a good idea to rinse the toothbrush with water before your brush and afterwards. The water helps wash away any remaining toothpaste, food particles, and other items that get into the bristles.

Tip #5: Replace Your Toothbrush Every 3 to 4 Months

Monitor the condition of the bristles on your brush. If they start to fray, split, or look worn, it is time for a new brush. To help limit the amount of bacteria and microorganisms that remain on the toothbrush it is highly recommended to get a new brush every 3 to 4 months.

By taking care of your toothbrush, you not only keep it cleaner and care for it correctly, but also help maintain better oral health. Remember to visit Kennedy Square Dental at least twice a year to help keep your teeth and smile looking great. Call (905) 789-7339 now to schedule an appointment!